KREM 2 News reports that the Washington State Patrol says they’ve seen an increase in accidents happening at low speeds and that people seem to feel comfortable checking their phones when they’re travelling slow.
Troopers say this is only a suspicion at this point. They don’t have the data to back it up because they don’t have legal authority to search cell phones for evidence in minor collisions. And of course drivers deny it when asked if they were texting and driving.
Washington troopers cited over 1,000 drivers last year for texting at the wheel. Over 6,600 drivers were cited for talking on phones without using a hands free device. Cell phone violation fines are $124 and possibly more if the violation results in a collision.